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Portland Heritage Trees

Paul Gerald, author of “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland” and “Breakfast in Bridgetown,” will publish a book about the Portland Heritage Trees in the Spring of 2015. The book will feature photos by Steve Terrill. This is the blog where Paul will share his discoveries, and some of Steve’s photos, as he works on the book.

Portland Heritage Tree #1 – American Elm, Downtown

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 24, 2014
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Portland Heritage Tree #1 is an American Elm Downtown

Sometimes a tree is impressive for what it looks like. Other times, for why it’s there, or who put it there. Still other times, for where it is. In the case of Portland Heritage Tree No. 1, all of these things apply. Wonderfully framed in a urban courtyard, a curvy pillar of nature’s beauty in a…

Portland Heritage Tree #179: The Corbett Oak

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 28, 2014
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First there was a wilderness, although the people living here wouldn’t have called it that. They called the big river Multnomah, and they would have lived, hunted, and gathered here for many centuries. There would have been many trees here, and what we now call the oak tree would have been particularly valuable to the…